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Proportion : Science, Philosophy, Architecture.

Author: Richard Padovan
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2002. ©2009
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st ed
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This handbook provides readers with a well-illustrated and readable comparative guide to proportion systems in architecture, setting out the mathematical principles that underlie the main systems and illustrating these with examples of their use in historical and modern buildings. The main body of the text traces the interplay of abstraction and empathy through the history of science, philosophy and architecture  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Padovan, Richard.
Proportion : Science, Philosophy, Architecture.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2002
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Padovan
ISBN: 9780203477465 0203477464
OCLC Number: 1048001741
Description: 1 online resource (418 pages)
Contents: BOOK COVER --
TITLE --
COPYRIGHT --
CONTENTS --
LIST OF FIGURES --
PREFACE --
Chapter one THE HARMONY OF THE WORLD MADE MANIFEST IN FORM AND NUMBER --
Chapter two ABSTRACTION AND EMPATHY --
Chapter three UNIT AND MULTIPLIER --
Chapter four THE HOUSE AS MODEL FOR THE UNIVERSE --
Chapter five THE PROPORTIONS OF THE PARTHENON --
Chapter six PLATO: ORDER OUT OF CHAOS --
Chapter seven ARISTOTLE: CHANGE, CONTINUITY, AND THE UNIT --
Chapter eight EUCLID: THE GOLDEN SECTION AND THE FIVE REGULAR SOLIDS --
Chapter nine VITRUVIUS --
Chapter ten GOTHIC PROPORTIONS --
Chapter eleven HUMANISM AND ARCHITECTURE --
Chapter twelve RENAISSANCE COSMOLOGY --
Chapter thirteen THE WORLD AS A MACHINE --
Chapter fourteen FROM THE OUTER TO THE INNER WORLD --
Chapter fifteen THE GOLDEN SECTION AND THE GOLDEN MODULE --
Chapter sixteen THE HOUSE AS A FRAME FOR LIVING AND A DISCIPLINE FOR THOUGHT --
REFERENCES --
INDEX.

Abstract:

This handbook provides readers with a well-illustrated and readable comparative guide to proportion systems in architecture, setting out the mathematical principles that underlie the main systems and illustrating these with examples of their use in historical and modern buildings. The main body of the text traces the interplay of abstraction and empathy through the history of science, philosophy and architecture from the early Greeks through to the two early twentieth-century architects who made proportion the focus of their work: Le Corbusier and Van der Laan. The book ends with a reflection on the present and future role of proportion in architecture.

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